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Vesta’s senior men get some crucial racing under their belts at Hammersmith Head

Tim Helliwell reports…

Sunday March 9 saw Vesta taking to the Tideway alongside hundreds of other crews for the Hammersmith Head. The unseasonably warm and sunny weather was a welcome change from the conditions that have rendered the Thames largely un-rowable for weeks. With everyone eager to make the most of the 18 degree temperatures sunglasses and bare arms were the order of the day, and all minds were drifting to thoughts of summer racing.

the 2nd VIII: "suns out guns out" (credit: Mark Ruscoe)

the 2nd VIII: “suns out guns out” (credit: Mark Ruscoe)

 

The senior men’s squad fielded two VIIIs in the IM2 category which both returned solid performances. The 1st VIII suffered a significant setback prior to the race when it emerged that strokeman Harry Bond had been struck down by illness. However, following a substitution and crew reshuffle, they managed a strong 3rd place finish in Im2, coming 22nd overall. The 2nd VIII, invigorated by recent training battles with their 1st boat counterparts, chased down and rowed through a Cygnet RC VIII and went on to record a respectable 12th place finish in IM2 and 54th overall. The race provided an important opportunity for benchmarking both crews and identifying areas for development in the final few crucial weeks of training leading up to the Head of the River.

Annual Dinner this Friday

We hope you bought your Annual Dinner tickets on time as the booking window is now closed. You can still snap up raffle tickets on the night and be in with the chance of winning a week’s holiday in Cyprus. (And who wouldn’t want to swap this incessant rain for a few rays of Paphos sunshine?)

Make sure you don’t miss any important details, check the Frequently Asked Questions for info about table plans, transportation or the after-party, and, most of all, have a good time!

Remenham Challenge 2013 Results

Lots of fun was had by all at the annual Remenham Challenge head race yesterday. Hosted by Vesta, it was good to see a solid 44 entries, with all seven Remenham clubs sending a strong contingent of crews. It was especially good to see 10 novice crews entered in what was for many their first racing experience. The Vesta novice men have shown some real dedication recently and were unlucky to come up against some more experienced crews. Vesta’s senior women were 3rd and 5th in a strong Elite Women’s category won by Thames. The senior men achieved some positive results in Men’s Intermediate, the busiest category, with the first two ‘matched’ crews finishing 2nd and 3rd in  the category and 5th and 7th overall. It must be said that Thames had a day to remember, taking the spoils in 5 out of the seven categories. It was quite a pill to swallow to hear such hearty Thames cheers within our own clubhouse and has certainly given Vesta’s athletes the motivation to ensure they come out on top next time. The image containing the full results is below.

Rem Chal results 2013

4s Head party will be a MO PARTY

It’s the news that you have all been waiting for…

Mo-Brothas and Mo-Sistas,

As Movember draws to a close and in celebration of this and the 4’s head weekend, it’s time to wring out your soggy all-in-ones, chuck Modesty out of the window and Model your Most ingenious and Most glaMorous costume to commeMorate the …

MO PARTY!

What is a ‘Mo’ party? Simple really – anything to do with ‘Mo’.

Eg. Mona Lisa, BackgamMon, ChroMosome, Moulin Rouge, HoMosexual, Moron – you get the idea…

… all the usual Mohem (sorry) that goes with a Vesta Party!

7pm till late

Please get in touch with Thea to volunteer for a bar shift: thea.vrc@gmail.com

Mo party poster

Scullers’ Head Race Report

Now that the dust has settled from a busy weekend – for racers, organisers and volunteers, it seems a good time to reflect on the fantastic results that were achieved by our scullers.

Vesta is not known as a sculling club so it was a really good to see 21 brave souls take to the water to fight for the prizes at our home event. Some were competing in Scullers’ Head for the first time, whereas others had already competed in the race 30 times. Notable results were achieved by many, including 5 in the top 100.

As the 60th running of the Vesta Scullers’ Head, it was only right that a little bit of history was made, with Harry Bond winning IM1 and following in the footsteps of another famous Harry B. in winning in club colours on the Tideway in a single scull. Harry has kindly provided his thoughts on the race, which are well worth a read – please see below.

Here are the Vesta results in full:

FinishStartScullerCategoryTimeCat PositionGenderOrderNotes
15133H BondIM121:37.02115IM1 winner.
42388R StebbingsIM322:16.25541
8332J BrownIM222:40.97582
8541S WhittleNOV22:41.16484
90121V McGovernMasB22:44.43889
115370R GouldenIM322:58.3915113
118147S CorongiuIM2.LWT23:01.106116
12869M HughesIM123:10.526126
139367R ShawNOV23:16.456136
168325S WachholzMasA.NOV23:31.464164
17177B ClarkeMasB.NOV23:32.822166
247340M MaynardMasC.NOV24:21.552212
273239P SimpsonMasD24:35.9129226
277290P MewMasF24:38.366230
285190A MunseyW.IM224:50.90252
298337P DudleyMasC.NOV25:06.523240
313334J DaviesMasC.NOV25:19.124248
341183A McGregor-MacdonaldW.MasB26:00.39882
359184I LaliberteW.MasB26:49.59997
368341J BaileyMasC.NOV27:46.817265
373318J McKerrellMasH30:43.944266

Q&A with Harry Bond – IM1 Winner

Q. Have you taken part in this event before?

Yes I’ve taken part in Scullers’ Head before, winning the old Sen.2 Lwt pennant in 2006. Since then I have done very little sculling or racing.

Q. Overall, how did the race go?

As in all Head races there were good patches and poor, but overall the race went well and I achieved my aim of maintaining an even split throughout the middle half of the race. After very few outings I was hoping to be able to rate 28 for the course and I mainly achieved that (only seeing 26 sporadically).

Q. Was it a strong field / big entry?

The entry this year was rather small for my category, this, coupled with the fact that the GB trialists were away at trials, meant that I undoubtedly finished a little higher than I could have otherwise expected to.

Q. How did you rate your chances on the start line?

I knew I was capable of racing well; Nick Ireland our coach has been working hard to ensure that we are all very fit at the moment and the excellent weather conditions meant that I was full of confidence up at the start line even though I have spent very little time sculling recently.

Q. How significant a result was it for you?

Because of the lack of trialists and the small numbers within my event, the result itself isn’t particularly significant. However, as a stepping stone towards the rest of the season it has provided a huge boost of confidence; the training programme is obviously paying off and winning can be a nice habit (I was fortunate enough to be part of the winning Sen 2- at Pairs’ Head with Si Woodfine). This part of the season sees the start of the more miserable ‘winter training’ and it will be very nice to have started so positively as the weather closes in. With Fours’ Head just two short weeks away  I will be looking to build on this result and others from the beginning of the year as our four from HRR last summer race in the Sen 4- category.